Our Spurs have two problems. In no particular order, they are:
- Their defense and the lack of a 2nd rebounding big
- Manu Ginobili isn't playing well
Tony Parker is NOT a problem. He's playing great. So shut the fuck up already.
First, let's start with a series of useless ass things called statistics:
Ok, how about our 3 point shooters?
Wow, really? Do you see that conspicuous gap between our good shooters and our bad shooters? I know I do. We shoot 40.3% as a team. We shoot 41.5% from 3-pt when our Antoine Walker wannabe isn't chucking them up.
From these stats, I can only say, "Thank God Manu isn't shooting more".
I hear a lot about how Tony Parker sucks
Really? He sucks, huh. Hmmm, or how about this one from Stampler:
Outside of a turnover, a long two is really the best shot the defense can force.
Well, maybe what Stampler meant to say was "a long two by any one except Tony". Check this pic out.
If you add that all up, Tony shoots 52% -- 76/147 -- from long 2 range. I'll take that. By the way, did you know Tony is also shooting 82% from the line?
But that's not really the issue, the issue is Manu
Manu has dropped off. A lot.
Here are his stats for the last 3 seasons
- His free throw attempts are the lowest since his rookie year
- His 3-pt shooting is the worst of his career, though he does shoot them at a very high rate. Why?
- Did you know his assist to turnover rations positively SUCKS compared to Tony?
And Tony, of course, because let's face it, Tony Parker sucks and he's the sole reason Manu doesn't average 30 points and 10 assists a game.
You know what? Manu doens't deserve to touch the ball more than he does. Maybe the reason the Spurs are running more of their offense through Tony is because Manu isn't playing well. Just a thought. Here is Manu's shot chart this year compared to last year
Besides the fact that he's not shooting as well and not getting to the line as much, he's not getting to the rim as often either. When you factor in number of games and minutes played, Manu is taking 6% fewer shots in the paint (granted, his shots per game are down too).
So bring that weak shit again
Explain to me how Tony sucks and Manu isn't playing considerably worse than last year.